Hamilton hospital requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination

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Published December 17, 2021 at 5:22 pm

Effective Friday, all visitors, caregivers and support people coming to St. Joseph’s Healthcare’s three campuses in Hamilton will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Fully vaccinated visitors coming to hospital must provide a vaccination receipt or QR code with government-issued ID. The move is meant to further protecting patients and staff from the increasing spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

“We understand this may be a difficult step for some, but view it is a necessary measure to protect our patients and staff from the highly transmissible Omicron variant spreading across our region,” a statement from St. Joseph’s said. “Ensuring that everyone inside the hospital is vaccinated — all healthcare workers as well as visitors and support people — is critical to providing the safest therapeutic environment possible for our vulnerable patients.”

St. Joseph’s has three campus in Hamilton: the Charlton campus downtown, the King campus, and the West 5th Campus (also known as the Margaret and Charles Juravinski Centre) on Hamilton Mountain.

The West 5th Campus has been designated by Hamilton Public Health as a vaccine clinic through Tuesday (Dec. 21).

St. Joseph’s programs include acute care, cancer care and a kidney transplant centre for a region of 1.2 million people. The healthcare operator’s statement notes “many of our patients present with similar frailties” to residents of long-term care (LTC) homes, where the provincial government has mandated vaccination for visitors.

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